By Kristina Houck
Solana Beach business owners and community members gathered April 14 to discuss potential parking solutions for Highway 101 and the Cedros Design District during a special meeting April 14 in City Hall.
Organized by the Highway 101/Cedros Avenue Development Standing Committee, meeting attendees helped committee members narrow a list of three-dozen ideas that were generated when the group met in December to address parking concerns.
“The goal here is to walk away with three or four really solid ideas to take to the council in July, and at that meeting to talk about priorities and … get some things done,” said Councilman Mike Nichols, who serves as a liaison to the committee, along with Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner.
By the end of the hour-long meeting, the roughly 30 attendees, decided to ask council in July to consider the use of valet parking, varied parking time limits in specific areas, rooftop parking and paid parking to help reduce parking issues.
During the July 9 meeting, staff will also introduce an ordinance that would establish a Business Parking District. If approved, the district would support businesses and encourage the development of new retail and restaurant uses within existing buildings, as well as promote the preservation of the existing building fabric along the Highway 101 corridor.
Only businesses located in existing buildings would be eligible for the program, which would offer reduced parking requirement alternatives, grant reduced parking requirement requests, and more.
“We really appreciate all of your input,” Nichols said. “That’s what made this list so packed full of good ideas.”